# Mathematics Education, M.S.

**Program Director:** Ann Stewart Ph.D. stewart@hood.edu; 301-696-3733

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education is a 30-credit degree program consisting of 10 required and elective courses in mathematics, computer science and education. It is designed for current mathematics teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study, although other qualified students are welcome to enroll. Students in this program will acquire knowledge and skill in both mathematics and its teaching. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and in the summer, to accommodate working teachers.

Each student in the program must create and submit an electronic exit portfolio of artifacts— work completed in designated courses in the program. Students are responsible for collecting, refining, and saving artifacts as they proceed through the program using the Chalk and Wire electronic portfolio software. The portfolio will be evaluated by a committee including the program director and other program faculty. Successful completion of the portfolio is a requirement for completion of the degree.

The portfolio must be submitted by October 1 for January graduates, February 1 for May graduates, and June 1 for September graduates. Students may submit the portfolio at any time after completing 21 credits in the program including a minimum of 9 credits of Education courses from among EDUC 551, EDUC 552, EDUC 595, and EDUC 596.

**Application Requirements**

Students applying to the Mathematics Education program must submit all official transcripts and complete a one-page statement describing how the M.S. in Mathematics Education relates to their previous academic and professional experience and to their occupational or personal goals.

For additional admission information, see *Graduate Admission*.

**There are two tracks in the program:**

- A track for teachers of middle school mathematics, especially those who may not hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics;
- A track for teachers of high school mathematics, or those who have completed an undergraduate major in mathematics.

**This program does not lead to initial teaching certification.**

## Program Requirements

### Middle School Track

(For students without an undergraduate degree in mathematics)

#### Four courses in mathematics:

MATH 500 | Statistics | 3.0 |

MATH 501 | Explorations in Geometry | 3.0 |

MATH 502 | Explorations in Algebra | 3.0 |

MATH 505 | Discrete Math | 3.0 |

#### Four courses in education:

EDUC 551 | The Teaching of Geometry | 3.0 |

EDUC 552 | The Teaching of Algebra | 3.0 |

EDUC 595 | The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics | 3.0 |

EDUC 596 | The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems | 3.0 |

#### Two electives chosen from:

CS 503 | Algorithms & Programming I | 3.0 |

EDUC 546 | The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School | 3.0 |

EDUC 547 | The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School | 3.0 |

EDMA 579 | Capstone Project | 3.0 |

EDUC 597 | Action Research/Special Project | 3.0 |

IT 512 | Elements of Computer Programming | 3.0 |

MATH 599 | Special Topics | 3.0 |

### High School Track

(For students with a mathematics degree)

#### Four courses in mathematics:

MATH 500 | Statistics | 3.0 |

MATH 505 | Discrete Math | 3.0 |

MATH 507/MATH 407 | Introduction to Graph Theory | 3.0 |

MATH 509/MATH 409 | Elementary Number Theory | 3.0 |

#### Four courses in education:

EDUC 551 | The Teaching of Geometry | 3.0 |

EDUC 552 | The Teaching of Algebra | 3.0 |

EDUC 595 | The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics | 3.0 |

EDUC 596 | The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems | 3.0 |

#### One elective chosen from:

CS 503 | Algorithms & Programming I | 3.0 |

IT 512 | Elements of Computer Programming | 3.0 |

MATH 546/MATH 446 | Operations Research | 3.0 |

MATH 599 | Special Topics | 3.0 |

#### A capstone independent research project:

EDMA 579 | Capstone Project | 3.0 |

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EDUC 597 | Action Research/Special Project | 3.0 |